Australia vs United Kingdom - Cost of Living Comparison

Australia United Kingdom
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1947
$1804
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$4459
$4398
🏠 One person rent
$1094
$1069
🏘️ Family rent
$1701
$1906
🍽️ Food expenses
$495
$426
🚐 Transport expenses
$226
$164
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$4211
$2896
💸 GDP per capita
$51680
$41059
😃 Human freedom index
8.84
8.75
❤️ Life expectancy
83.2
80.9
👮 Corruption perceptions index
73
78
🌐 English speaking %
92.8%
98.3%
🎓 Higher education
98
100
😀 Quality of life
92
84
🏙️ Population
24.5M
66M

The average cost of living in Australia ($1947) is 8% more expensive than in the United Kingdom ($1804). Australia ranked 10th vs 16th for the United Kingdom in the list of the most expensive countries in the world.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 2.2 months in Australia compared to 1.6 months in the United Kingdom. Ranked 2nd and 6th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Australia vs the United Kingdom

We calculate prices for Australia and the United Kingdom as a population-weighted mean of 64 and 277 cities, respectively. Since large cities tend to have a higher cost of living, it's better to visit specific city pages below for more relevant information.

Australia United Kingdom
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$12.6
$16.4
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$56.4
$61
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$9.06
$7.35
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$6.18
$5.22
 Cappuccino
$3.36
$3.56
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$2.46
$1.79
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1161
$1107
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$900
$843
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1991
$2116
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1389
$1547
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$91.4
$136
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$141
$209
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$50.6
$36.6
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
3.17%
3.05%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$7083
$7237
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4653
$4450
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$3.2
$3.3
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$103
$92.9
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$16.5
$17.2
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.38
$1.93
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.17
$1.15
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.96
$1.25
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.86
$1.65
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.73
$2.7
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$9.34
$7.71
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.42
$7.18
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$13.9
$11.1
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.06
$2.36
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.5
$1.44
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.64
$2.14
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.61
$2.53
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.25
$1.34
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.86
$1.29
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.05
$0.84
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.28
$2.43
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$12.5
$9.12
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$4.02
$2.29
🚬 Cigarette pack
$26.2
$14.3
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$7.75
$5.3
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$4.41
$4.6
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$2.33
$2.44
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$2.49
$2.09
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$46.3
$40.2
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$13.4
$12.4
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$52.1
$102
💇 Haircut, simple
$17.5
$14.1
👖 Brand Jeans
$72
$76.7
👟 Brand Sneakers
$101
$81.5
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$1480
$1266
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$13190
$16823

Cities Comparison in Australia vs the United Kingdom

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Australia

City Cost of living Population
Sydney
$2294
4.84M
Melbourne
$1968
4.53M
Brisbane
$2056
2.36M
Perth
$1873
2.14M
Adelaide
$1654
1.3M
Gold Coast
$1776
638K
Canberra
$1792
381K
Sunshine Coast
$1808
353K
Newcastle
$1798
153K
Hobart
$1648
222K
Darwin
$1610
137K
Geelong
$1708
191K
Wollongong
$1554
262K
Townsville
$1224
179K
Launceston
$1477
106K
Toowoomba
$1462
136K
Cairns
$1400
147K
Ipswich
$1612
163K
Bendigo
$1610
95.6K
Blacktown
$1581
51K
Ballarat
$1740
98.5K
Rockhampton
$1390
78.6K
Orange
$1661
41.2K
Melton
$1633
72.2K
Bunbury
$1466
71.1K
Wagga Wagga
$1386
67.4K
Gladstone
$1603
45.1K
Tarneit
$1570
56.4K
Hervey Bay
$1658
54.7K
Pakenham
$1631
54.1K

In the United Kingdom

City Cost of living Population
London
$2759
8.91M
Birmingham
$1627
1.14M
Leeds
$1670
789K
Glasgow
$1533
626K
Bristol
$1799
567K
Manchester
$1764
548K
Leicester
$1421
464K
Solihull
$1464
207K
Edinburgh
$1695
488K
Sheffield
$1424
518K
Coventry
$1521
363K
Liverpool
$1498
513K
Westminster
$2602
255K
Portsmouth
$1387
248K
York
$1597
208K
Bolton
$1167
285K
Cardiff
$1551
361K
Swindon
$1524
222K
Brighton and Hove
$1747
285K
Belfast
$1545
334K
Sunderland
$1321
277K
Peterborough
$1239
194K
Southampton
$1569
271K
Milton Keynes
$1814
207K
Newcastle upon Tyne
$1340
300K
Nottingham
$1401
289K
Ipswich
$1409
290K
Northampton
$1529
212K
Derby
$1359
255K
Stoke-on-Trent
$1251
249K